Porthleven thinking time

Nora is enjoying the ups and downs of English summer time to catch up and settle our plans for our next project.

We've had a friggin' great time hosting Nora Talks and have one more to go. There have been so many great conversations and exciting questions. Thank you to everyone who has managed to come along. You can listen to some of the talks on our research website

We are looking forwards to what is to come.

:)

Berlin trip

Eleanor, Flora and Stephanie had a week of research in Berlin. Watching performances at Tanztage Festival, planning Nora talks, and sharing ideas for their next project. Step by step things get a little clearer...

Hastings Residency

Nora's first research trip, 16 - 20 October 2016, was a week long residency at Earl Street Creative Space in Hastings. This is a brand new space run by Jane Greenfield and Guy Dartnell.

It is a beautiful space and we were given a welcome invitation to do whatever we needed... which, as you can see, was a mixture of things. We talked a lot, laying bare our ideas and desires for our upcoming period of research. We wrote lists of questions, people, ideas, themes etc. and played around with very simple tasks in the space. It opened up an overwhelming number of possibilities so it was useful to have the luxury of such a calm space to allow us to enter the chaos of our thoughts.

Watch a video edit of our residency on our research blog.

Photo: Nora on their last day at Earl Street Creative Space in Hastings.

Arts Council Funding

Nora in celebration mode.

Nora in celebration mode.

We are very happy to have been given a grant from Arts Council England to undertake our work over the next eight months.

The funded activity will include:

  • Tour dates for 'Nora Invites' between October 2016 and June 2017.
  • Research trips to festivals and cities to hold interviews and meeting with artists and curators.
  • Articles, interviews and other published media which will come out of our research.
  • A series of Nora Talks, each with a guest speaker.
  • Working with our new, excellent producer Beckie Darlington.
  • Deciding on which artists we will commission in 2018 to make new work for Nora.

 

Nora on Tour!

Thank you to all who donated to Nora's fund raising campaign. We are hugely grateful for your generous support. Special thanks to: PAUL BURNS, ANNE GREEN, HENRIETTA GRIFFITHS, TOM GUEST, JACOB HOBBS, JESSICA HOGG, ALISON HENDERSON, NATASHA LEIGH, REBECCA MACKENZIE, EVA MARTINEZ, SUE MAYO, ANDREW MCLENNAN, ANNIE MCALISTER-DILKS, THOMAS SCOVELL, KATIE SHELDRAKE, MARTIN SHENFIELD, CHRISTIAN SPEILMAN, ALASDAIR ROMANES, ROBERT ROMANES, JAMES AND ELIZABETH WELLESLEY WESLEY, TRINETTE WELLESLEY WESLEY.

We are now on tour... coming soon to a city near you!

See our full Spring tour dates here.

 If you still want to donate to Nora, visit our Support Nora page.

Nora on Kickstarter!

Nora performing BLOODY NORA! by Liz Aggiss. Photo Camilla Greenwell.

Nora performing BLOODY NORA! by Liz Aggiss. Photo Camilla Greenwell.

Support Nora - click here.

After her world premiere, Nora is very happy with how it all went. After a little rest, Eleanor and Flora will be hitting the road again on a 2016 Spring Tour.

They need your help to make it happen.

From £1 - £1,000, everything will help Nora get the show on the road. Please give what you can!

To donate and to read more about the tour click here.

Thanks!

L-R: Eleanor Sikorski, Flora Wellesley Wesley and Stephanie McMann (Nora's rehearsal director) with Nora's poster outside Sadler's Wells after their premiere.

L-R: Eleanor Sikorski, Flora Wellesley Wesley and Stephanie McMann (Nora's rehearsal director) with Nora's poster outside Sadler's Wells after their premiere.

Nora finally got her premiere on. The proverbial bun's been in the oven for two years warmed by the terrific support of Nora's commissioners Sadler's Wells and DanceEast, co-commissioner South East Dance, and partners The Nightingale, Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership, Dance4, Roehampton University, Leeds Beckett University, Institut français du Royaume-Uni, Chisenhale Dance Space and Arts Council England.

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such eclectic dance makers as: Liz Aggiss, Simon Tanguy, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.

Enormous thanks for the in-house support of Eva Martinez and Robyn Cabaret at Sadler's Wells and to team Nora: Stephanie Mcmann (rehearsal director), Seth Rook Williams (lighting designer), Camilla Greenwell (project photographer) and Sarah Trist (producing consultant) for helping to bring it all together at Lilian Baylis Studio. BIRTHING NORA.

One month to go

Break time at Dance4.

It is exactly one month until Nora's premiere at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells.

With all three pieces under our belts, and having been on residencies since the Summer in Brighton (The Nightingale), Leeds (Leeds Beckett University) and Nottingham (Dance4), Flora and Eleanor are very excited to be getting closer to the date of their first performance of the full programme.

Now to the studio for more rehearsals!

Buy tickets for the premiere here.

Half way there

BLOODY NORA! by Liz Aggiss. Photo: Eleanor Sikorski

Nora is very pleased to have received a second grant from Arts Council England. This will enable them to commission Liz Aggiss, alongside the already commission choreographers Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Simon Tanguy. Nora's first triple bill Nora Invites... can now go ahead as planned, premiering at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells on 26 and 27 November, 2015.

More info on the premiere here.

See you there!